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Blues Make Six Selections at Draft

by Staff Writer / St. Louis Blues



SUNRISE, Fla. -- The St. Louis Blues made six selections at the 2015 National Hockey League (NHL) Entry Draft in Sunrise, Florida this weekend.

With their first pick, the club drafted Niagara defenseman Vince Dunn (56th overall), followed by Red Deer forward Adam Musil (94th overall), Swift Current forward Glenn Gawdin (116th overall), Kalpa Jr. defenseman Niko Mikkola (127th overall), U.S. National Team Developmental Program goaltender and St. Louis native Luke Opilka (146th overall) and Owen Sound forward Liam Dunda (176th overall).

Dunn, 18, dressed in 68 regular season games with Niagara last season, tying for fourth on the club and sixth among all Ontario Hockey League (OHL) defensemen with 56 points (18 goals, 38 assists). In addition, the 6'0, 187-pound defenseman led all League blueliners with six goals in eight postseason games, helping the Ice Dogs advance past the first round of the OHL playoffs for the first time since 2012. For his efforts, Dunn was named to the 2014-15 Canadian Hockey League (CHL) Top Prospects Game. In 2013-14, Dunn led all OHL rookie defensemen with 33 points (five goals, 28 assists) in 63 regular season games. He also contributed one assist in seven postseason games. The Lindsay, Ontario, native was ranked 32nd among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting.

Musil, 18, dressed in 66 regular season games with Red Deer (Western Hockey League - WHL) last season, posting 39 points (15 goals, 24 assists) while being named to the 2014-15 CHL Top Prospects Game. In 2013-14, the 6'3, 191-pound forward made 60 regular season appearances with Red Deer, logging 29 points (11 goals, 18 assists). Internationally, the Ottawa native has represented Canada twice during his career, including the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial, where he earned a gold medal. Musil comes from a prominent hockey family as his father, Frantisek, was drafted 38th overall by Minnesota in 1983, his brother, David, was drafted 31st overall by Edmonton in 2011 and his uncle, Bobby Holik, was a two-time Stanley Cup Champion with New Jersey. Musil was ranked 61st among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting.

Gawdin, 18, posted 54 points (15 goals, 39 assists) in 72 regular season games and two points (one goal, one assist) in four postseason games with Swift Current (WHL) last season, earning him a selection to the 2014-15 CHL Top Prospects Game. In 2013-14, the 6'0, 192-pound forward recorded 22 points (10 goals, 12 assists) in 66 regular season games, while he also made six postseason appearances. Internationally, the Richmond, B.C., native captured a bronze medal with Canada at the 2015 U-18 World Juniors, tallying four points (two goals, two assists) in seven tournament games. Gawdin was ranked 59th among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting.

Mikkola, 19, spent the majority of 2014-15 in the Finnish junior league, collecting 23 points (nine goals, 14 assists) in 37 regular season games with Kalpa Jr. The 6'4, 185-pound defenseman also dressed in 10 games with Kalpa's top-tier team, totaling one assist. Mikkola also posted one goal in five games with Hokki in Finland's second division in 2014-15, helping the club earn the league's bronze medal. The Kiiminki, Finland, native was ranked 111th among European skaters by NHL Central Scouting.

Opilka, 18, has spent the past two seasons in the U.S. National Team Developmental Program (USNTDP). In 2014-15, the St. Louis native made 33 appearances with the U-18 club in the United States Hockey League (USHL), recording a 2.70 goals against average, a .888 save percentage and three shutouts. In 2013-14, the 6'1, 192-pound goaltender logged a 3.59 goals against average and a .863 save percentage in 30 games with the USNTDP's U-17 club. Internationally, Opilka earned a gold medal with Team USA at both the 2015 U-18 World Juniors and the 2014 U-17 World Hockey Championships. Ranked 12th among North American goalies by NHL Central Scouting, Opilka is set to attend the University of Wisconsin next season.

Dunda, 17, spent the majority of 2014-15 with Owen Sound (OHL), recording four assists in 32 regular season games and one assist in five postseason games. The 6'4, 216-pound forward also logged five points (two goals, three assists) in 21 regular season games with Plymouth last season. In 2013-14, The Grimsby, Ontario, native tallied four points (one goal, three assists) in 50 regular season games with Plymouth as well as two penalty minutes in five postseason appearances.

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